I love my job! It gives me a chance to share my passion with anyone who will listen!
My latest outlet has been with Create and Craft but not showing Simplicity products as usual. This time I have been able to share my love of free motion quilting. I have been working with the Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine company with 2 of their great range of sewing machines and so far we have put together 3 shows on free motion quilting. It seems to have caused a stir and when I offered a free fact sheet after the first show I was swamped with over 200 email and Facebook requests for a copy. That lot took some answering! But it was amazing how many people out there want to have a go! Every time I book at workshop at Bee Crafty it fills up! The class in July is almost full already!
Here is some detail of one of my favourite pieces called "Play time". This was my 'relaxing' piece of work because I muck about on it when I just wanted to mess about! There was no plan, just fill it with as many feathers in bright colours as I could squeeze in. Now it is finished I feel a little bereft! I will have to find another piece to play with.
Doing these shows also makes you focus on production, because you need to have plenty of examples to show people. So I have started a little book of samples that can be flicked through on air (and will also be helpfully handed in as part of my level 2 City & Guilds!). Here are some more pics of the samples. These are loosely threaded together as a book using a button hole so that they can easily be taken apart and handed around the class.
I am particularly fond of the circle at the moment and seem to be using it everywhere! It's funny how you get a favourite!
This one is fun - where you stitch around the motif to make the centre shape stand out. It is really effective when sewn in a neutral colour because it is 'barely there' and you don't get to see it straight away. It can be quite subtle!
If you fancy a go, get yourself a free motion/embroidery/darning foot, drop your feed dogs and let your quilting diva loose!